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To: Kolokotronis
"humanity may not partake of the Divine Essence"

In the sense that we can never be eternal (i.e. without having a beginning) true, since we are created; but we do partake or share in the Divine essence in the sense of being with the Trinity having been invited to "partake" or "share" in his Divine life through baptism...

13 posted on 01/26/2009 9:17:06 PM PST by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: GonzoII; kosta50

“...but we do partake or share in the Divine essence in the sense of being with the Trinity having been invited to “partake” or “share” in his Divine life through baptism...”

This is one of the areas where the West is carelesseither with its thinking or its words. Essence & Energies, G!

“Three realities pertain to God: essence, energy, and the triad of divine hypostases. As we have seen, those privileged to be united to God so as to become one spirit with Him - as St. Paul said, ‘He who cleaves to the Lord is one spirit with Him’ (I Cor. 6:17) - are not united to God with respect to His essence, since all theologians testify that with respect to His essence God suffers no participation.

Moreover, the hypostatic union is fulfilled only in the case of the Logos, the God-man.

Thus those privileged to attain union with God are united to Him with respect to His energy; and the ‘spirit’, according to which they who cleave to God are one with Him, is and is called the uncreated energy of the Holy Spirit, but not the essence of God....” +Gregory Palamas, Topics of Natural and Theological Science no. 75 (you can find this in the Philokalia, G)


14 posted on 01/27/2009 3:35:42 AM PST by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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